I have just left one of our local pawn shops. I found a Win. Model 52, complete with Redfield sights, International Mk 8 rear w/ Merit adj disc, and Inter. front, serial no. 75761B. It was cased, with a freeland adj. buttplate, vert. and hor. adjs. and a hooked buttplate to replace the adj one. It has also a Freeland hand grip. The case is an old Freeland in great shape.
The trigger is a Canjar with no safety. My question is about the trigger. There is a small wire with a loop on it sticking out of the front of the housing in front of the trigger. What is this for ? What trigger would have come in this rifle ? Also, when was it made ? There is a 50 stamped on the bottom of the barrel.
The old rifle is in very good shape, and has scope blocks on it. I have a 20x Unertl that will be on it tonight, and I will shoot it tomorrow.
March 12, 2008
You are the proud owner of a 52B. Based on s/n if was manufactured in late 1949/ very early 50’s, just before the C model was released. The wire you are referring to is pulled down to release sear, for bolt removal. The original trigger would have been the much maligned factory trigger, sometimes referred to a speedlock trigger. This particular trigger was the impetus behind development of the fine "MicroMotion" trigger used on the C models and later models as well. It was very common, back in the day, to remove the factory B model trigger and replace with an aftermarket such as the Canjar, Thomas, Wright-Allen etc.
Your B could be one of 3 models sold with 2 different stock options. If you could post a picture or email me a picture: [email protected], I will be happy to ID the model/stock configuration for you.